Fernando Alonso has been ruled out of the Bahrain GP after fracturing his ribs in his horror Australian GP crash.
The Spaniard was ruled unfit to race by an FIA medical assessment on Thursday in Bahrain and later admitted “it is not 100 per cent” certain he will return to action in China in two weeks’ time.
McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will take Alonso’s place this weekend for his F1 debut.
Alonso said he was “a little bit disappointed” to miss out but accepted the FIA doctors’ decision.
Explaining the timeline of his condition since his Melbourne accident on March 20, Alonso said: “I was okay on Sunday [after the race], some knee pain, but not big things. I had the green light from the doctors to leave the track and everything was okay.
“On Monday, I had a little bit of overall pain, but nothing too serious. Then I flew back to Spain and the pain was similar or a little bit more, so we decided to do a check – a CT scan.
“I had a small pneumothorax on the lung, so we took the advice from the doctors to relax at home and make everything come to normal, and we repeated the scan on Monday.
“”The pneumothorax is gone but I have some rib fractures, so because of that there is a risk of driving because Formula 1 is a unique sport, a unique position on the car, and with the G-forces the fracture could move into the lung as well.”
Alonso had a huge accident in Melbourne where his car barrel rolled through the Turn Three gravel trap after colliding with the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez. The sensors on-board the McLaren are reported to have recorded a peak force of 47G.
The 34-year-old appeared to slightly limp as he visited the Bahrain International Circuit’s medical centre on Thursday morning where his condition was assessed ahead of the weekend’s running.
“Two sets of chest CT scans were compared and it was decided that there was insufficient resolution of the signs to allow him to compete on safety grounds,” an FIA statement read.